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The Poetess And The Precept Master: A Selection Of Daoist Poems By Gu Taiqing

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Gu Taiqing (1799-1877) is widely regarded as one of the finest poets, male or female, of the late Qing period. The ability to engage in Heavenly wandering-in the form of the creative imagination-was a source of both intellectual and aesthetic pleasure for Gu Taiqing, but also of practical utility, especially after the death of Yihui and her forced eviction from the family home by his family. This chapter presents translated poems belonging to an earlier, doubtless happier time, when the couple pursued their shared interest in Daoism not only by reading and commenting on Daoist texts together and occasionally dressing up in Daoist garb, but also by attending Daoist festivities and rituals and conversing with eminent Daoist figures such as Precept Master Zhang Kunhe (1770-1840) from the White Cloud Monastery.

Keywords: Daoist poems; Gu Taiqing; late Qing period; White Cloud Monastery



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